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The Counseling Center Presents: Spring 2021-Virtual Workshop Series, Making the Invisible Visible: Dialogues of Hope and Racial Healing in Brave Spaces

"You Good?: A Collaborative Conversation on Healing the Wounds of Racial Trauma from the Inside Out."

Sannyu McDonald Harris, MS, NCC, LCMHC, QS is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and Nationally Certified Counselor who received her Bachelors in Psychology from Bennett College, her Masters in Counseling from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University and she is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Regent University pursuing a doctoral degree in Counselor Education and Supervision. Recently, she has had the pleasure of co-facilitating Inclusion Circles with the office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Cone Health where a focus on creating safe spaces to process “courageous conversations” around socio-cultural experiences is intentional. As a counselor, trainer, educator, and researcher, Sannyu McDonald Harris brings over 15 years of experience that drives a connection from the individual sense of belonging to organizational structure and policy with a focus on sound mental health and wellbeing. You can register for the event here.

Description of the Event:

You Good? is both the question and the answer that reminds Black people of both their vulnerability and the need for them to be resilient. When “You Good?” = Are you ok? To “You Good?”= You are ok, the challenge to “be good” is met with constant conflict under the omnipresence of racial trauma and to be ok when you are not. In the past few years, a growing awareness of the connection between racism and trauma has been met with conflict and contradiction with what we have been educated to believe about the experience of racially marginalized groups in America. The legacy of trauma embedded in everyday occurrences is challenged with the significance of their impact on wellbeing. As individuals fight to no longer remain complicit in systems designed to keep them separate and not equal, they are challenged to meet them with limited tools and limited healing spaces. The purpose of this collaborative conversation is to foster a safe place for a brave conversation, validate the lived experience and promote wellness in wellbeing.

The goal of this training is to challenge the “You Good?” narrative around racial trauma and allow dialog, introspection, and reflection on the legacy of racial trauma and its impact on mental health and wellbeing. Additionally, a focus on interventions for everyday living to build better boundaries, resilience, greater strength, and a positive sense of self in the face of racial trauma will be discussed.

This workshop is primarily for students. However, anyone who is interested in learning more about the impact of racial trauma and how to be supportive and an advocate for healing spaces are welcome to attend.

Feb 5

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